Diversity tends to balance things out. How can I say this with certainty? Science shows that diversity makes natural ecosystems more stable. Sure, we have our differences. But why not apply this and other science principles to our economic and social systems?
I’m at the nexus of science, technology, and philanthropy, helping communities of practice and teams of all sizes to communicate and collaborate better. I’ve contributed to leading-edge publications, produced award-winning content, and worked with the UN to promote social good worldwide. As an editor and consultant, I engage with experts and help organizations to connect with each other and to the people they care about.
At George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Public Health, I managed editorial for COMPASS, a multimedia resource that earned a model program award from the U.S. Department of Education. Later, my series on the Stonewall Riots, described as “one of the best articles related to the uprising,” was praised by Oscar-nominated writer/playwright Larry Kramer, who called it “Excellent, very moving. It is nice to be seen in this way. It never happens!” The series has been cited in the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law, and in the critically-acclaimed book, Lavender and Red.
As the managing editor of WINGS, I designed and launched a communications program to support a network of 20,000 organizations in 40 countries. For three years, I worked with leading innovators in global philanthropy and social investment, managed editorial across agencies, continents and work cultures, and engaged in high level discussions with the United Nations, Ford Foundation, and OECD.
At TechSoup, I led a team of experts to position the forum as a global resource for the social sector, as well as a content partner for brands like Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, and Box. Later, I designed a consumer portal and led a digital campaign for a national housing initiative, working alongside NYC Council Member Ritchie Torres and others to promote sustainable housing in the five boroughs and beyond. My work was featured in a communications textbook published by Routledge in 2016 and drew support from the likes of Senator Tammy Baldwin and “Star Trek” actor George Takei.
Now, I’m managing editorial for the Digital Impact portfolio hosted by the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford PACS. Led by Lucy Bernholz and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Liquidnet, and Knight Foundation, Digital Impact improves digital culture and infrastructure by advocating the safe, ethical, and effective use of data.
I’m also exploring how a decentralized workforce can use social technologies to improve cities. Continuing my 2015 talk at the International Conference on Social Media for Good, The Urban Molecule podcast (coming soon) will look at cities, social tech, and organizational culture through a remote work lens.
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